2nd Annual Harvest Tasting: Saturday, October 22 & 29

Join us for our 2nd Annual Harvest Tasting on Saturday, October 22 & 29.  As usual there will be over 50 bottles of wine open at each tasting ranging from the light and ever so fun sparkling wines to the dark and robust, full-bodied reds.  Bring family and friends, as long as they’re 21, and come have fun with us.  Finger-food will be available!!

Summertime Sangria Recipe

This recipe comes to us from Iberian Wines importer Gary Kline.  He calls it his ‘kick ass’ sangria recipe…

  • 1 btl (750ml) Sierra de Viento Tempranillo
  • 1 oz Bacardi Limon Rum
  • 1 oz Gin (good stuff)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 16 oz Orange Juice
  • 12 oz ginger ale
  • 1 Orange…Cut skin off 1 orange, leaving some flesh on the inner skin.  Cut orange skin into small squares and add to the sangria.  Squeeze the juice from the orange into the sangria.
  • 1 Lemon – treat same as the orange

Add an apple, and a few strawberries or any other seasonal fruit to the sangria, cutting them into small squares.

Mix, taste, and add more OJ or a bit of sugar for your taste and enjoy!

If you have any other questions about the recipe you can ask Gary for yourself when he stops by next Saturday the 18th from 3:30 to 7pm for the second part of our Grill & Chill event!

Le Coin du Vin : Surprised by Spain…Again

I have been surprised by Spain once again.   When it comes to Old World wines, Spanish wines often take a back seat to those of France and Italy.  That is changing as more and more consumers realize what Spain has to offer.  Most are familiar with Rioja and they may have heard of or tasted Ribera del Duero.  But how about the wines of Catalunya like Cava (I’m talking about the stuff not named Cordoniu or Freixenet), Penedes, Priorat, or Montsant?  Did you know that Cava is originally from the hills of Penedes south of Barcelona?  Do you really know what Priorat is?  Or Penedes?  Don’t worry, like most consumers, I have been relatively ignorant about these wines and what they’re all about for far too long until recently.  Since returning from Spain last year I have been very enthusiastic about Spanish wines.  I’ve made every effort to learn about them in any way possible through tasting, reading and talking with others knowledgable on the subject. Continue reading Le Coin du Vin : Surprised by Spain…Again